Tiddlywinks is a classic game from England. Joseph Assheton Fincher, of London, invented and patented the pasttime in 1888, and trademarked it under the name “Tiddledy Winks” in 1889. A popular parlor game in Victorian England, tiddlywinks was played by both adults and children. The game consists of counters, made of wood, bone or ivory,Continue reading
Some of the simplest toys from the ’40s to ’70s were created totally by accident. Others were spinoffs of non-related products. Many of these have stood the test of time, however, proving that simpler can be better. Learn the history of your favorite vintage toys, and find out where they are today.
History of the Jack-in-the-Box Toy The Jack-in-the-Box has been one of the most enduring toys throughout the centuries. There are many stories and theories circulating about the origin of this classic toy. One is that it was popularized in the 15th and 16th centuries, based on the very popular “Punch” puppet featured in the “PunchContinue reading
People have been building mechanical figures as far back as ancient Greek times. In 1206, a Muslim engineer and inventor called Al-Jazari built what is believed to be the first programmable humanoid robots. They were musicians that played instruments while floating in a boat on a lake to entertain royal guests. Inventors continued to experimentContinue reading
A “Hula Hoop” is a toy made from a plastic tube that can be twirled around a person’s waist, arms, legs or neck. The idea of the Hula Hoop has been around for a very long time and its massive popularity assures it will always be a favorite form of entertainment. The first plastic HulaContinue reading
The Yo-Yo Craze Lives On The Yo-Yo is considered to be one of the oldest toys in history, second only to the doll. The oldest surviving example was found in Greece, dating from 500 B.C., although its origins date to much earlier. The yo-yo was a commonly used toy in ancient Greece and was madeContinue reading